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January 15, 2012

Did You Know

  • Canada Blooms & The Garden Club of Toronto Support the June Callwood Park

    A new park in Toronto to honour the memory of June Callwood is scheduled for completion in 2013 and Canada Blooms along with The Garden Club of Toronto have chosen to make this worthwhile project the recipient of the proceeds of Canada Blooms 2012. The park will represent a significant addition to the public spaces of Toronto's Central Waterfront and will have a central focus for local neighbourhood activities and community.

    June Callwood died in 2007 leaving an extraordinary legacy of caring and accomplishment. She was an internationally acclaimed female journalist, author, television host, community activist, recipient of nearly 20 honorary degrees, and Companion of the Order of Canada.

  • Toronto, Ontario, are also paving the way for more green roofs with incentives and legislation. The Toronto Green Roof Bylaw governs the development of all of the green roofs within the city and requires certain new buildings to implement green roofs. The bylaw allows building owners to opt out of the green roof requirements by paying a fee, which is then used to invest in incentives for green roof development among existing building owners.

    For more on green roofs, visit

  • If you are a garden club, take this time to enter your events into our calendar for 2012. It’s a great way for others to see that there are garden clubs in a particular area and when they can go to the next meeting. Especially nice to see if they are new to your area!

    What about new garden books…take this time to write a book review and send it in to me to put up on the site. 

    What about ideas for garden tours for me…I can always use the help in finding new locations for garden tours … I am thinking of Israel – there are some gorgeous gardens there, or how about Turkey, the home of the tulip. If you are interested in this for 2013 or have other ideas for me, I would love to hear. Also please visit the tours site at and if there are tours you are interested in for 2013 as listed let me know at and I can put you on the list to receive the tour information ‘hot off my fingertips’!

    Speaking of tours for 2012 I only have two spots left for South Africa, Italy and Morocco! I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful that Italy tour is or how magical Morocco is. Why not give yourself the gift of a garden tour with me for 2012!

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  • It's A Wonderful Life - The Renovation of Toronto's St. James Park
    When "Occupy Toronto" protesters left St. James Park in shambles following their departure after nearly 40 days, city officials reached out to the public for contributions to help with the costly renovation. The response they received from turfgrass producers, landscaping companies, local green industry associations and as many as 200 volunteers touched the heart of the city.  then click on January 2012 newsletter

  • Excellent article from the BBC A Point of View: The shady side of gardening

  • Fiskars announces 2012 Project Orange Thumb garden grant and makeover recipients

    Fiskars is pleased to announce its 2012 Project Orange Thumb garden grant and makeover recipients -- community organizations across the U.S. and Canada who receive tools, materials and resources they need to create beautiful and productive community garden spaces. The following organizations have been chosen from among hundreds for the immediate impact Project Orange Thumb can make in their communities.

    Fiskars' 2012 garden makeover recipient is Green Space Alliance (GSA) in San Antonio, Texas. Their proposed "East Side Community Garden" was envisioned by a group of local women to sustain the natural environment and enhance the surrounding urban space while supporting greater community engagement. The new 7,500 square-foot garden will provide educational opportunities to be hosted by local master gardeners and give community members the opportunity to reap the rewards of growing their own fresh food. Plans are underway for a one-day Project Orange Thumb garden makeover in August 2012.

    In addition to the garden makeover recipient, the following 10 organizations were selected to receive garden grants consisting of $5,000 in cash and tools to help support their community garden goals.

    2012 Project Orange Thumb Grant Recipients:

    • The Explorers Urban Garden Project, Prince George, BC
    • Cook Community Garden, Collingwood, ON
    • Common Ground Community Garden, Kinston, NC
    • Harmony Community Garden, North St. Paul, WI
    • Rincon Mountain Garden, Tucson, AZ
    • Pine Tree Lane, Hermiston, OR
    • Scotlandville Gardens Park, Baton Rouge, LA
    • Light of Christ Community Garden, Federal Way, WA
    • Tibbs Garden, Indianapolis, IN
    • Carbondale Community College, Carbondale, CO

    An additional 2012 Project Orange Thumb garden makeover will take place in Ottawa, ON Canada in June.

    Since 2002, Project Orange Thumb has contributed over $1.3 million to more than 125 community groups and completed 12 garden makeovers in the U.S. and Canada. These include garden projects geared toward community involvement, neighborhood beautification, sustainable agriculture and horticulture education.

  • Ever wonder how Canada Blooms chooses their Feature Gardens?

    Landscape designers, builders and architects must apply to build a garden. Based on the 2012 theme, CityCulture, they must submit a rendering and a description of the garden. Their drawings are submitted anonymously to the Feature Garden Committee. Based on the particular garden size requested, the committee adjudicates the garden layouts, and makes a decision based on a set of criteria which includes, among other elements, innovation and theme.

    For 2012, Canada Blooms has received a record number of applications to fill only 20 available garden spots. We would like to thank all the Feature Garden Applicants for their exciting submissions, the Feature Garden Committee and Judges for choosing this year's Feature Garden Builders and Designers as well as Horticultural Director, Charlie Dobbin and Artistic Director, Colomba Fuller for designing the Feature Garden foot print in Hall A. We all look forward to Canada Blooms 2012 and the magnificent CityCulture gardens.


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